#248: The Marriage of Maria Braun

cuxdienuf1utstg4ctdjlbmsj8e#248 – The Marriage of Maria Braun, (Die Ehe der Maria Braun), 1979, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a relationship that is interrupted when Hermann returns alive. During a scuffle between the men, Maria accidentally kills Bill. Hermann takes the blame and goes to jail, while Maria begins a hard new life.

#273: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

2jwouu0tdw87josskkn1jnmnvfb#273 – The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant), 1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer – arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in.

#431: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

7ceggrlji2dbx9qjiwqq9gqfjt1#431 – Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, (Angst essen Seele auf), 1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali. Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi’s family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.

#604: Berlin Alexanderplatz

6v4yhcfarqhsazimkaegbulerya#604 – Berlin Alexanderplatz, 1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Berlin Alexanderplatz, originally broadcast in 1980, is a 14-part television film adapted and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from the Alfred Döblin novel of the same name, and stars Günter Lamprecht, Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa, Elisabeth Trissenaar and Gottfried John. The complete film is 15½ hours long.